Rearranging The Deck Chairs

Via Ed Driscoll (via Memeorandum) comes this very, very telling graph of how bad the situation is right now for the newspaper industry. Alan Mutter provides a graphical description of how bad things have gotten. Two billion dollars in lost revenue in a single quarter.

Driscoll’s graph in video format is pretty much spot on. The buyout sex is just the icing on the cake.

The print media is almost dead now. As more and more people get their information from the internet, this is inevitable. But what I think – with no proof, mind you – is that the print media is also killing itself. They have become partisan to the extreme and people are getting fed up with it. That partisanship is skewed hard to the left and people are finding other sources of information.

They confused reporting the news with editorializing on the news. These are two, very different, things. People can tell the difference, despite the media’s blindness to this. I think it is coming home for them now.

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2 Responses to Rearranging The Deck Chairs

  1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Yet GOP lawmakers still grovel in terror before the MSM overlords. The irony is evident.

    A few weeks ago Instapundit had an excellent suggestion. Any conservative officeholder who agrees to be interviewed by an MSM outlet should videotape the interview and put it on the Internet. If the MSM balks, then that is a clear signal that they plan still more dirty work.

    But best of all (in my opinion) is for conservatives to show the MSM the door and start developing their own methods of communicating with the public.

    The GOP is facing the absolute certainty of blowout losses in 2010 and 2012 that will dwarf what has gone before. ACORN will have the full backing of the Obama Justice Department to register legions of phony voters, and the MSM will get much worse now that the “Fairness Doctrine” is poised for a comeback. Do not be surprised if after the 2012 elections Republicans have 10-15 Senate seats and about 100 or so House seats. The slow-motion steal of the Senate election in Minnesota is a tiny sample of what is yet to come.

    By developing alternative methods of communication (such as conservative talk radio and the Internet) conservatives can at least raise questions before most of these channels are silenced. I have zero faith in the judicial system, as it failed to stop “campaign finance reform” and other backdoor efforts at censorship. But the public may start to wonder what happened if dissent suddenly starts to vanish and the economy and international situation begin to decay.

    And decay they will. All dictatorships have weaknesses, and the coming Obamanation will be a combination of wacko racist ideology combined with total incompetence. Beating up on Republicans is easy compared to al Qaeda, and no socialist workers’ “paradise” has ever created economic prosperity. And in a country as rich and diverse as the US it will be hard for the Obamanation to successfully plug all methods of communication. Something will slip through.

  2. sam says:

    Not only do I not buy newspapers any more, I won’t even click on a link that leads to a paper like the NYT, Washington Post, LA Times, etc.

    Just ignore these newspapers and they will go away.

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